CT2 | this weeks sale item...




ON SALE this week, our elongated Dotted Pixie earrings! Sleek and modern, perfecct for everyday wear and dressed up for a night out on the town.

Gossamer Blue | Inspirational Blog Hop...


TGIF and welcome! If you've arrived from Caylee's blog, you're in the right place. This months kit content was excellent. As always, I'm continually thrilled to create with great product and amazed by the color choices. I especially loved the frames included in the digital files from the main kit. Instead of framing images behind the four openings of the frame, I embellished it with colors and elements to compliment the large image. A very simple design with an explosion of color that doesn't necessarily take away from photo.


This page documents my thoughts about my sons next journey into middle school. How fast times flies when you have children. You want them to grow up and experience life as you have if not better. But I'd prefer to to just slow down a little so I can soak in as much as I can of my kids youth. It's surreal with the first born is becoming a young man, and watching him become who he is a wonderful experience.


Thank you for stopping by... head on over to Diane's blog for more inspiration! Happy Creating...xo!

Beshka Kueser
Brenda Weaver
Caylee Grey
Cindy Liebel
Diane Payne
Emily Spahn
Erin Taylor
Eunyoung Lee
Heather Leopard
Jill Keller
Joy Taylor
Katie Ehmann
Laura Rahel Crosby
Tara Anderson

Day in the Life | Tuesday, May 12th...

So, for years, I've been participating in the annual day in the life project, curated by Ali Edwards (you can read more about it here). It's a really cool and fun project to participate in, especially if you enjoy documenting life with your camera. I don't use my camera as much as I used to, unless I am photographing product. So, this project helps get back into the swing of things, until I fall off the wagon, of course. I mainly used my big 60D camera. It was nice to walk around capturing different parts of our day with the beast. Not a lot of photos snapped, maybe over 100; just enough to tell our story for that day.

Tuesday's are my Mondays, because on Monday's I'm at the flower shop for a couple of hours and then I tend to run errands or schedule appts on that day since I'm already out of the house. So, I look forward to spending countless hours at my workbench working on orders or new product. This week was also extra busy and challenging since the man is out of town for work. Making sure the kids help with extra tasks is great for me, but apparently, not for them. Moods were challenged, during our morning and bedtime routines, but we managed, as usual.

Anyway, here's how our day looked...


I'm up before sunrise, water then coffee and paperwork...


The boy is always buried in his Ipod at breakfast before school...


Off he goes to the bus stop... I stand by our window EVERY DAY watching him walk to the end of the corner, saying a little prayer for his safe journey too school and back home.


I shower, quickly and I'm always admiring the workmanship of our new and bigger shower my husband renovated...


The girl inspects her lunchbox, making sure I put some good eats in there for her...


Nala looking for rabbits, squirrels, birds, you name it, to chase...


Pink grapefruit to snack on while the girl eats...


Waiting for the bus...


So cute that they both are wearing frilly skirts over their leggings...


After kids are off to school, I rummage through emails, orders, phone calls and workout...



Time for a new mask...


I have a set up in our two-car garage, where I work on metalsmithing jewelry. I love being in here. There is plenty of natural light from the window above my work area and the garage door is always propped open for added sunlight and ventilation.


Here, I am cleaning the inside of a stacking ring so it's nice and smooth and shiny.


Punching out lots of tiny hearts on the wooden stump...


I often forget to eat when I work (I do this even when I scrapbook...). I Have to make myself stop for five minutes and fix a salad, soup or sandwich. At this point, I needed a snack and grabbed some plantain chips. I do hydrate with water every chance I get though...


Adding soldering paste to a few pendants before torching them...


Hand forming some dewdrops...


The white pasty stuff is flux, it protects the metal from fire scale...


When I work on my jewelry, I have to listen to new wave music. I'm not sure, but it just keeps me going with the flow of production... and I am always cranking it up when a good tune pops on, like Love is the Drug by Roxy Music...


They boy is home and he often hangs outside while I work and sometimes he will watching what I'm doing if he's not hanging with his friends...


40 minutes later, the girl arrives home and immediately goes to my desk and plays with my stuff...


Again, head in his Ipod while we had to swim...


That bag of popcorn has been in the suv for a week now... curious when they plan on removing it, sigh!


It's swim practice for the girl... she LOVES it and her couch is awesome!!!



After swim, we snacked on seaweed...


My two lefties drawing instead of homework while I cook...


Dinner needed to be quick, so steamed muscles with pasta (I had edamame & mung bean fettuccine stead of pasta)...


Smores for dessert for the littles...



Kids read books and went to sleep soon afterwards...



Cleaned up the brass jewels and removed silver pieces from the tumbler...


Labeled envelopes, laid it all out so all I have to do the following morning is piece together, package and ship...

Thanks for stopping by and taking a peek into our daily life on Tuesday... xo!

CT2 | part of the process...

   


One of the advantages to having an expandable kitchen table is loading it up with the process of packing orders. It's always an overwhelming feeling... making sure everything is inside each package prior to mailing, handwriting my words of thanks per order, making sure no one receives the incorrect order, arriving in time for a birthday or anniversary, etc. You get my drift.

The overwhelming feeling goes away when you, the customer sends praise of happiness. That's the best feeling in the world. Plus, I enjoy this part of the process, it allows me to think about what fun little extras to add to each order, like candy, a discount card or even changing up the packaging a bit. None the less, this process is another way for me to reflect on what I've created and how lucky (and blessed) I am to share my creations with those of you around the globe. And I can't thank you enough for this wonderful opportunity you, the customer, has allowed me to do what I love!

Gossamer Blue | May kit, "Pink Blossoms"...

Hello again friends, I have another layout share for you today... and boy, are you going to love the kit contents from Gossamer Blue's May kits. holy WOW!

Cobalt blue and dark pink... SWOON! I couldn't resist pairing these two colors together to complete my page. I wanted to use the entire sheet of cardstock but wasn't for sure how I was going to do so after I had used the vertical frame from the digital files. Alas, I figured, how cool would it be to have the title peaking through the negative space I cut out. And so I did. No, it's not an intervention, but I like when I can create a page without wasting paper, utilizing every bit of it as much as I possibly could.


I documented about my three favorite flowers growing in our yard and I how I'm not much of a pink kind of girl, but has grown to love and appreciate the color... blame it all on my little lady ;) I love fresh flowers and how they truly brighten up a room and my mood. Their fresh aroma is refreshing, too. So, I deepened the photo images a bit for a more rich color to closely match the pink title treatment area. Set them behind the vertical frame and added dimension to them with a title banner for each flower. Cut out title with Cameo and lined it up as closely as possible so the patterns matched and added the large teal paper flower to balance out the bit of teal color throughout the page. The page had too much white space, so I filled it in with spots of white paint.... kind of like how artsy it looks with the paint spattered about. Breaks up the dark blue a bit, too.



Happy creating... xo!!!
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